Budget consultation (2019-20)

The Council's budget and the Medium Term Financial Plan provide the funding for delivery of the key priorities outlined in our Corporate Plan and the range of local services we provide.

The draft budget for 2019/20 and the updated Medium Term Financial Plan have been approved by Cabinet and we welcome feedback from residents, businesses and organisations in the district to help us shape the final documents before they are taken to the February 2019 Full Council meeting for consideration, approval and adoption.

The council is currently predicting a balanced budget through until 2022-23 and is putting in place financial plans to safeguard local services ahead of changes in national funding, which are expected from 2020-21.

As part of the budget proposals, a significant pot of money is earmarked for community-based initiatives. This would be achieved by diverting central government funding that Breckland receives as a result of local housing growth into a community pot, rather than using it to pay for core services. In 2019-20, this approach is expected to see £1.5m ring-fenced for community schemes and comes after £1.7m was set-aside for similar schemes in 2018-19.

The council expects to spend around £28m on capital projects between 2019-20 and 2022-23, of which around £20m will come from national sources as a result of successful bids for funding as well as local sources. Of the £8m being invested by Breckland, a significant proportion is expected to be recovered over the coming years through generated revenue.

In order to maintain the council's financial position, the draft budget includes plans to increase district council tax by £4.95 for a Band D property from April 2019. This would mean council tax for a Band D property would rise to £88.83 for the full year, up the equivalent of 1.4p per day. Despite the proposed rise, district council tax in Breckland is expected to remain among the lowest in the country. As most residents (77%) live in Bands A-C homes, including 54% of people in the district who live in the lower-priced Band A or B homes, the majority of residents would see their tax go up by a smaller amount. For example, people living in a Band A home would be charged £59.22 for 2019-20.

The documents below outline the council's draft budget and Medium Term Financial Plan. Please share any comments by emailing consultation@breckland.gov.uk before the consultation closes on 1 January 2019.

Covering Cabinet report

Draft Budget, Medium Term Plan and Capital Strategy 2019-20

Appendix A for Draft Budget, Medium Term Plan and Capital Strategy 2019-20

Appendix B for Draft Budget, Medium Term Plan and Capital Strategy 2019-20

Appendix C for Draft Budget, Medium Term Plan and Capital Strategy 2019-20

Appendix D for Draft Budget, Medium Term Plan and Capital Strategy 2019-20

Appendix D2 for Draft Budget, Medium Term Plan and Capital Strategy 2019-20

Appendix E for Draft Budget, Medium Term Plan and Capital Strategy 2019-20

Appendix F for Draft Budget, Medium Term Plan and Capital Strategy 2019-20

Appendix G for Draft Budget, Medium Term Plan and Capital Strategy 2019-20

Appendix G1 for Draft Budget, Medium Term Plan and Capital Strategy 2019-20

Appendix H for Draft Budget, Medium Term Plan and Capital Strategy 2019-20

Last updated: 30/11/2018 16:14:08